The Doctors: Bronchial Infection Caused Uterine Prolapse?
The Doctors TV show talked about a woman who needed a hysterectomy after a bronchial infection.
Three years ago, Lisa suffered from a bronchial infection that made her cough so hard that her uterus dropped and began to fall. She said she remembers when it happened, and it was an odd sensation. The more she coughed, the more pressure there was and she began to feel things falling.
She went to see Dr. Adam Steinberg, who diagnosed her with a common condition called uterine prolapse. With a prolapsed uterus, the uterus beings to fall and a hysterectomy was needed to remove Lisa’s uterus.
The Doctors: Kegel Exercises Help Prevent Uterine Prolapse
Dr. Lisa Masterson said that Kegel exercises are so important for your pelvic floor because it keeps the uterus up. Usually prolapse happens because of multiple pregnancies. Carrying around a child for nine months and then labor can weaken a women’s reproductive organs.
Dr. Masterson said that repetitive coughing can cause the uterus to fall more. She said she also sees patients with uteruses that have come through the vagina, which is a problem because it can begin to dry up.
The Doctors: Hysterectomy for Uterine Prolapse
Usually to fix this, you have a hysterectomy, which means removal of the uterus. Hysterectomies can be done abdominally, vaginally and laparoscopically. Dr. Steinberg performed Lisa’s surgery laparoscopically with a robot.
Dr. Steinberg removed Lisa’s uterus and then sewed mesh in her to hold her vagina in place. He then used a morcellator to clean out tissue left behind during the removal.
The Doctors: Mesh Implant During Hysterectomy
They called into The Drs. to talk about Lisa’s surgery. She said she’s feeling a lot better and is looking forward to getting back to exercising and spending time with her family. Dr. Steinberg said he thought Lisa was a good candidate for the mesh and he talked about the risks and benefits of it with her before the surgery.
Dr. Travis Stork said that it’s incredible how many women have a hysterectomy before age 60. Dr. Masterson said that you need to make sure the risks outweigh the benefits before undergoing the procedure, but it can be life-changing for some women. See Lisa’s surgery in the video below.